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Symphoricarpos orbiculatus

Coralberry

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Symphoricarpos orbiculatus (Coralberry)

Coralberry is a dense, suckering, deciduous shrub which naturally occurs in open woods, old fields and thickets. Spreads by runners to form impenetrable thickets in the wild. Typically grows 2-5' tall with arching stems. Bell-shaped, white flowers with a pink tinge appear in summer along the stems in axillary clusters and in spikes at the stem ends. Flowers give way to clusters of round, coral-red fruits which mature in autumn. Berries persist through most of the winter providing excellent color and interest to the winter landscape. Small oval to elliptic bluish-green leaves.

Additional Information:


Height
2-5 Feet

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Spread
4-8 Feet

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Bloom/Seasonal Color
Red


USDA Hardiness Zone 2-7

Home Owner Growing and Maintenance Tips:
Easily grown in average, medium wet, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Tolerates wide range of soils. Remove root suckers and runners to control any unwanted invasive spread of the plant. Berry-laden winter stems may be cut for indoor floral arrangements.

Characteristics & Attributes

Hydrologic Designation

FACU-

Nature Attracting

Songbird

Root

Stolons

Season of Interest

Winter (Nov-Mar)
Late (July-frost)

Soil Moisture

Moderate

Special Features

Good Berries

Special Uses

Dried Flower
Fresh Cut Flower

Sun Exposure

Full Sun
Medium Sun/Average Shade

USFS MO Ecological Map

Wildlife Benefit

Food/Birds
Food/Small Animals